ACAP-Hickory (NC)



ACAP-Hickory, a local chapter of ACAPcommunity, offers FREE educational programs to adult-child caregivers, other family caregivers and professionals in the Hickory, NC area. Programs are held the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory. Hope you will join us!

Beyond Canes and Rocker Knives:  

Assistive Devices that Help Maintain Safety & Independence  

Date / Time:  Tuesday, September 12, 5:30-7:00 pm

Location:        Fellowship Hall, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (2780 N. Center, Street, Hickory)

Presenter:      Kelly Dant, OT/L, Frye Regional Medical Center

Most of us know about canes, walkers and grab bars that help aging loved ones remain safe and as independent as possible.  But there is a wide range of devices that help retain dignity and independence while reducing the burden of care on the caregiver as a loved one becomes physically more dependent.

This ACAP program is designed to help families and caregivers become familiar with adaptive equipment, from simple to complex.  Kelly Dant, a licensed occupational therapist, will describe adaptive equipment that is available, benefits of the devices and how to obtain the items, as well as the importance of loved ones’ retaining as much independence as possible.  Program attendees will:

  • Learn about adaptive equipment and range of devices ― from simple to complex ― to help maintain a loved one’s ability to remain as independent as possible and reduce burden of care on the caregiver
  • Become familiar with devices that are available in our community, benefits of the various pieces and how you may obtain the items
  • Gain increased awareness of the importance for an individual to maintain independence with basic tasks.


ACAP-Hickory gratefully acknowledges Freedom Step and Bayada Home Health Care as sponsors for the September ACAP program.


Hope you will join us for this important program! 

To register for this FREE program, please contact Frances Hall — 1-877-599-ACAP    (1-877-599-2227).

Although designed for adult-child caregivers, ACAP  programs are open to all.


 ACAP-Hickory 2017 Programs

ACAP-Hickory provides information, resources, support and community for adult-children as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves. ACAP-Hickory meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (2780 North Center Street, Hickory). (Please note that the December program is scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month.) While the cost-free monthly educational programs are designed for adult-child caregivers, sessions are open to all who are interested. Advance registration is strongly encouraged in order to facilitate planning. To register for ACAP-Hickory programs, please email or call, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).

Program Date and Time Topic Presenter
January 10 Where Can I Turn for Help? Community Resources and Services Presenter: Mary Mitchell, Family Caregiver Support Specialist, Western Piedmont Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
February 14 Five Legal Documents Everyone Needs Presenter: Kimberly H. Whitley, JD, Partner, Patrick, Harper & Dixon Attorneys at Law
March 14 Driving and Aging Presenter: Miriam Young, OT/L, Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, Frye Regional Medical Center
April 11 Anxiety, Depression and Aging Presenter: Isabelle Eustice, M.D., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Catawba Valley Medical Center
May 9 Meet Me Where I Am: Managing Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Other Age-Related Dementia Presenter: Mary Ann Drummond, RN, President / CEO, Angel Tree Consulting
June 13 Elder Abuse and Fraud Presenter: John J. Maron, Director, Investor Protection & Education Services Program, NC Department of the Secretary of State Securities Division
July 11 Paying for Healthcare: Medicare & SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) Presenter: Catherine Fannon, Western Regional Manager, NC Department of Insurance, Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
August 8 Partnering with Medical Professionals for Mom and Dad’s Best Care Presenter: Julie Packer, RN, MSN, Director/Professional Relations, Catawba Regional Hospice
September 12 Beyond Canes and Rocker Knives: Assistive Devices That Help Maintain Safety and Independence Presenter: Kelly Dant, OT/L, Frye Regional Medical Center
October 10 Alzheimer’s and Other Age-Related Dementias: An Overview Presenter: Robert Brown, LCSW, Executive Director, Supportive Solutions
November 3 The Caregiver Community Conference Stay tuned for details!
November 14 Home for the Holidays: What to Look for When Visiting Mom and Dad Presenter: Sue Friguglietti, DHA., MA, OTR/L, Associate Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University, School of Occupational Therapy
December 12 Stay tuned for details!

Program Location —

ACAP-Hickory programs are held in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 N Center St, Hickory, NC 28601.